Hi! I'm Nicole Kennedy and I am the proud owner of Yarnium. We - my husband David, and daughter Alex - are located in Drouin in West Gippsland where I used to live and go to school as a teenager.
Yarnium was formerly known as Toomuc Valley Yarns. When we started Toomuc Valley Yarns (affectionately known as "TVY" by our customers!), we were located in the foothills of the Toomuc Valley in Pakenham. In November 2014 we moved to Drouin, and it was always in the back of my mind that the business needed a new name as we were no longer in the "Toomuc Valley". Fast forward 2.5 years and I finally settled on a new name - and YARNIUM was born in March 2017.
TVY was founded in February 2013. I officially, and very nervously, opened the Toomuc Valley Yarns Facebook page on the 5th of April. It was a slow start but by July it really started to take off. I was so thrilled that people liked what I was creating and they were coming back for more! What a joy to see my creations being made into scarves, cowls, shawls, socks and little people’s clothes!!
My mum taught me to knit when I was about 5 or 6. I loved sitting next to her chair while she was knitting and try to copy her! I’m sure she got sick of all my dropped stitches, but she always helped me and guided me in the right direction. I remember daydreaming of having my own “wool shop” back then...where me, mum and my Oma would all work and produce wonderful, beautiful things!
Mum was taught to knit by her mother - a very staunch and strong Dutch woman. My Oma was always knitting - especially jumpers and vests for my Opa. But she was renowned for her sock knitting! Those socks lasted forever! I remember being fascinated by her skill at using four needles at once. Mum never liked attempting anything other than ‘straight’ knitting, so our repertoire was very limited! I look back and wish we had’ve learned that great skill of sock knitting from my grandmother. I am determined to teach myself and have recently created a couple of pairs of socks (circular, magic loop) for my daughter.
I transferred to crochet in 2007 after I had injured my shoulder and couldn’t knit anymore. I stalled a lot with my crocheting endeavours until early 2011 when I decided I wanted to make the cool crochet items I saw on the Internet. I hunted down many YouTube clips and was happy with my progress. In February 2012 I happened across a group of wonderful ladies on Facebook who had just started making a blanket of squares that were put out weekly for 25 weeks by our national craft chain store - Spotlight. My skill level raced ahead in leaps and bounds and I couldn’t have done it without those wonderful women and their boundless encouragement!
I started dyeing wool in January 2013 as I couldn’t find any decent (ie. non-acrylic), variegated and beautiful coloured yarns that were good enough for all of my projects! I was originally only looking to ‘dabble’ in dyeing for my own personal use, but I absolutely fell in love with the process! I was thrilled to re-skein my first dye-job, just to see what it looked like. I couldn’t wait to crochet it up to try my new yarn and I made a beautiful beanie! I was SO excited - showing hubby, mum and anyone who would look and listen to me raving about the beautiful striping effect! I was hooked!
Creating these beautiful yarns has fired up my knitting passion again and I have found a whole new world of knitting with circular needles - doesn’t hurt my shoulder! I love watching those beautiful stripes and pools appearing in my work as I knit. I often wonder while I’m knitting if my Oma is watching what I’m doing with yarn, creating beautiful skeins for others to use and adore, creating knitted items that show off amazing colourways. I am determined to knit socks like she did - on four needles one day! I dedicate my business to her - my other mother.
Stay in the loop!
Sign up for updates and promotions via email - we promise we won't clog your inbox!